Ipoh is a city in Perak, Malaysia, that is well-known for its Street-Art or Mural Art. If you feel like locating each of that mural, you need to know that there are two kinds of mural: some by mural artist Ernest Zacharevic, and bunch of new paintings created by other artists. The recent Ipoh Mural Art Trail Map produced by Ipoh Tourist Information Center (ITIC) concentrates on Zacharevic’s work. Do note that other paintings (non Zacharevic’s) are located either in the Old Town or New Town. This article is about the paintings that we discovered in Ipoh Old Town.
Given that some paintings are well-hidden in the small alleys of Ipoh Old Town, one need to be mentally and physically ready to search high and low for all the listed murals. Having been exposed to the elements, some paintings are already showing defects. One particular mural by Ernest Zacharevic is now forever gone, removed by the owner of the building.
Colors faded away and some buildings need to be restored, be it for the interior or exterior. While Ernest Zacharevic was amazingly pleased to have his creations on the walls of some of Ipoh’s buildings, there’s no actual agreement to ensure owners keeping the murals. They are bound to be ‘erased’ when their time comes. Sadly to say, all Zacharevic’s paintings are becoming extremely exposed to the weather thus each of them does not look so good in comparison to their state in 2014. Using the map given by ITIC, we managed to locate all 6 of Ernest Zacharevic murals.
While wandering the streets and alleys of Ipoh Old Town, we found some other interesting murals. There are actually more murals than what we have inserted here. We leave some for you to find, do it when you visit Ipoh!
While some paintings are in good conditions, others are already faded and in need of ‘restoration’. Ipoh is already one unique city, especially Old Town and we just loved spending time there, savoring their best dishes and admiring the murals. It will be a sad thing if Ipoh City Council does not do something to restore those amazing pieces of art. The murals in Ipoh Old Town depict the souls of locals, historically speaking. They truly show the town heritage and culture. It is for this particular reason that something needs to be done to put all
the murals back to their heyday.
Visitors are very much attracted to Ipoh’s heritage buildings, murals and food! These are the reason why people come here. Ipoh heritage buildings complement the murals. Both are significant features of Ipoh, together with those delicious local dishes. The murals are not just artistically beautiful but educating as well, as each of them ably give an idea to visitors with regards to Ipoh’s history and culture.